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Earth Chatter

Earth Chatter

Brooke Bowser
Jun 12, 2020
The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, has been a cause for concern for foresters and landowners alike in the United States. The beetle originated in Asia and was first observed in the United States near Detroit, Michigan, in 2002. It killed nearly 99% of ash trees near its place of original introduction. By 2018, EAB has been observed in thirty-five states and has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.

Simply Science

Simply Science

Brooke Bowser
Jun 12, 2020
On a particularly hot day, when even the air conditioning can’t seem to keep you from breaking a sweat, your best bet may be to get out of the city. On hot days, air temperatures in a city can be as much as 22°F (12°C) hotter than the air in nearby, less developed areas. Scientists have come to call this the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect.

Earth Chatter

Earth Chatter

Brooke Bowser
Mar 23, 2020
Regardless of drawn boundaries and state lines, we all call this planet our home. The Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from communities in countries across the world. Together, with support across the world, we can protect our Earth. The following stories in this series will highlight the work and experiences by returned Peace Corps volunteers.

Earth Chatter

Earth Chatter

Brooke Bowser
Mar 15, 2020
The frozen ground may be blanketed in a layer of fluffy snow with icicles clinging to the barn roof, but some families in Minnesota have been eating fresh greens for dinner all winter long. A Deep Winter Greenhouse (DWG) is a greenhouse designed specifically for northern latitudes with cold, dark winters.

Simply Science

Simply Science

Brooke Bowser
Mar 2, 2020
Although humans and dolphins are separated by 95 million years of evolution and humans lack certain physical traits (we don’t tend to have tails or fins), there may be more in common between the two species than meets the eye.

Simply Science

Simply Science

Brooke Bowser
Jan 10, 2020
We’ve all fallen victim to their painful attacks while cooking. At some point in your life, you have likely have found yourself standing in the kitchen with uncontrolled tears streaming down your face. The cause for your pain and distress? Onions. But how can a simple vegetable cause such a reaction?

Audio Books

Audio Books

Karl Hir
Mar 22, 2019
By Isaac Asimov. Read by Stephen Eley. First appeared in Astounding Science Fiction, September 1941.